Brett Cooper and Alexander Shlemenko rematch at Bellator 98 with a title on the line. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Alexander Shlemenko and Brett Cooper will do battle once again on Saturday night, but this time the Bellator middleweight championship will be on the line.
Both 185-pound standouts were cleared to compete at Friday’s Bellator 98 weigh-ins, with Shlemenko checking in at 183.25 pounds and Cooper tipping the scales slightly heavier at 184.75. Shlemenko and Cooper first met back in May 2011, with “Storm” walking away with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory.
Bellator 98 takes place Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and airs live on Spike TV. The evening’s main draw was also supposed to feature Joe Warren’s return to the cage, but “The Baddest Man on the Planet” was deemed medically ineligible to compete by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. Due to Warren’s bout with Nick Kirk being pulled from the event, the evening’s main card broadcast will now feature lightweight standout Patricky Freire (155), who looks to return to his winning ways against the unbeaten Derek Anderson (154).
The Season 9 middleweight tournament quarterfinals will also be featured, as tournament veterans Giva Santana (185.5) and Brian Rogers (185) toe the line against Jason Butcher (184.5) and Mikkel Parlo (185). The other half of the bracket will see Brennan Ward (185.25) take on Justin Torrey (185), while Jeremy Kimball (186) meets Perry Filkins (186). Torrey was initially supposed to take on Andreas Spang, but, like Warren, “The Sweet Swede” was deemed ineligible to compete by the Mohegan Tribe commission.
Bellator 98 Weigh-In Results:
Bellator MMA Middleweight Championship
Alexander Shlemenko (183.25) vs. Brett Cooper (184.75)
Bellator MMA Season 9 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals
Brian Rogers (185) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185)
Jason Butcher (184.5) vs. Giva Santana (185.5)
Jeremy Kimball (186) vs. Perry Filkins (186)
Justin Torrey (185) vs. Brennan Ward (185.25)
Derek Anderson (154) vs. Patricky Freire (155)
Jeff Nader (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204)
Andrew Calandrelli (156) vs. Ryan Quinn (155)
Nick Piedmont (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (144.75)
Josh Diekmann (243) vs. Parker Porter (260)
Glenn Allaire (135) vs. Rico DiSciullo (135.25)